Phil Mickelson putting meltdown at U.S. Open is epic

Frustrated Mickelson swats moving ball with putter at Open

And yet on the par-four 13th hole at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y., Mickelson ran down his bogey putt and struck the ball again while it was still moving.

Mickelson then marked his stationary ball before taking two more putts for an eight, which was later corrected to a 10 after he was assessed a two-stroke penalty.

He said, 'I don't know what [my] score that is. I did not feel like continuing going back and forth. Afterwards, Daly claimed he had taken the penalty on goal as a protest against the USGA placing so many precarious pins on Pinehurst No. 2's mounded greens.

"Phil really did want to understand how the rule operates because he didn't want to play in this championship if he should have been disqualified", Davis told a press conference at Shinnecock Hills. I have had multiple times where I've wanted to do that. But it was just a moment - I think it's a moment of madness. I can't see anything and I went, 'Where is it?' And he went, 'It's just in that bunker up there.' I go, 'Ah, you gotta be kidding me!' He's like, "Aaaah!" And you take the two shots, and you move on. "I don't know if it would have saved me a shot or not, but I might have saved my shot doing it the way I did it, too".

Rather than waiting for it to stop, he broke into a trot and when the ball was about 15 feet below the cup, and still in motion, he hit it back up the slope to above the hole. "It's just one of them things that just happened".

Mickelson is celebrating his 48th birthday, and it's one he is sure to remember. A round that began with fans singing "Happy Birthday" to Mickelson as he walked down the first fairway went off the rails in a very unusual way.

The action by Mickelson was reminiscent of a similar incident at the 1999 U.S. Open at Pinehurst involving John Daly. I know it's a two-shot penalty hitting a moving ball. And as it released and went through, I thought wow, that is seriously quick. "I've had an awesome day".

Mickelson jogged after the ball after it curled around the hole, realizing it was about to head down the other side of the green.

It dropped the veteran star to 16 over for the tournament, 20 shots adrift of then leader Dustin Johnson.

In the last 22 groups on Saturday, no one even matched par-70 on the treacherous layout. And if that's the way people took it, I apologize to them. "We are operating under what we saw".

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